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Military Matters Podcast: Cannabis – what are the facts, and can it be helpful?

Military Matters Podcast: Cannabis – what are the facts, and can it be helpful?

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA

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January 7, 2020
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Military Matters, a podcast that explores issues important to service members, veterans, contractors, and the communities that support them.

Episode 1 Description: In this debut episode, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris focus on cannabis, which recently has become a hot topic across the country. They talk to medical doctors to shed light on what cannabis is, what it isn’t, and what it could mean for the DOD and for veterans. The experts — Dr. David Nathan, a psychiatrist and the founder and board president of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and Dr. Kamal Kalsi, a U.S. Army emergency room physician — discuss humans’ long association with cannabis, its use for ritualistic and medicinal purposes, its early economic importance in the United States, and the ultimately successful efforts to ban it in the U.S. during the 20th century. The prohibition of cannabis has had a significant impact in the U.S., and the plant’s potential use as a medicinal option to help treat a variety of ailments, including post-traumatic stress disorder, has gotten a lot of attention. Find out what our experts think about it in this episode of Military Matters. Original Link

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About the Author

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA (DFCR Founder, Past President) is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.